For the main character of Mary J. Oliver's debut novel, 'Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck' (Seren 2019), who is a migratory worker in Canada and in other parts of the world, misfortunes never come singly during the 1930s and even more so later in his life. In fact, his fate was sealed not only because of a physical disability but also due to his immigrant status in Canada, a series of misadventures and life changing events during the Great Depression and in times of war. And yet, as a reviewer puts it, Mary J. Oliver's novel "shows the remarkable life of an ordinary man, proving that each life can be made extraordinary. Jim Neat [...] has had a powerful impact on the people he’s met [...] something he will undoubtedly continue to do so through this book that has immortalised his unique spirit." - New Welsh Review More: https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/products/jim-neat-the-case-of-a-young-man-down-on-his-luck-by-mary-j-oliver https://www.serenbooks.com/search/node/Mary%20J.%20Oliver
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